Workshops

Sep 14 2019

Heavy Lifting, Light Machining

Get an introduction to the basic principles of machining with Naomi Dodds. Learn how to operate a milling machine and metal lathe to create a motor coupling with a shaft keyway. 

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Sep 21 2019 to Sep 22 2019

Art Writing & Criticism in the Digital Age

In this two-day workshop, Sky Goodden will discuss the tools and strategies required to navigate the publishing field successfully, and will focus on the professional and practical realities of working in art writing, journalism, and criticism. Presented in collaboration with Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC).

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Sep 28 2019 to Oct 3 2019

Live Vjing with Resolume

Discover infinite possibilities of Resolume Arena with Ilze Briede [Kavi] and learn how to run your own live visual show using the software, projectors, sound, and midi devices. The workshop will finish with an opportunity to showcase your work at a live music venue. 

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Oct 8 2019

Arduino Mozzi Synthesizer

Robertson Holt will teach participants how to build a low-resolution electronic synthesizer with oscillators, delay, reverb, FM synthesis, and sample manipulation.

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Oct 12 2019

Staining for Microscopy

Join us for an in-depth workshop with visual artist and scientist Raddah Chaddah on how to mount stains and natural dyes made from saffron, beets, and blue-green algae, and prepare them for photography using the InterAccess microscopes.

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Oct 19 2019

Drawing with Code using p5.js

Join us for an introduction to generative art and the fundamentals of p5.js, a programming language developed for artists to simplify drawing with code, with instructor Adam Herst.

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Oct 26 2019

Virtual Brush Strokes

Dive into virtual and augmented reality and learn to draw in 3D space using Tilt Brush with multimedia artist Casey Koyczan. Presented as part of imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

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Nov 2 2019

Basic Electronics, the Body and Squishy Futures

Lee Wilkins will teach you how to build basic circuits and switches. This exploratory workshop serves as a departure point for considering how cybernetics, materials, and the future of electronics will unfold.

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Nov 9 2019

3D Scanning of Built Environments

Are you curious to capture a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a laser scanner? Codrin Talaba will provide an overview of 3D scanning spaces at different scales: from rooms to buildings to streetscapes. 

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Nov 16 2019

Making Things With Light

Let’s take a look at how light behaves, and explore different sources of light that can be used in artworks. Rob Cruickshank will contemplate the physics of light. Is it a wave? A particle? Or both? What is the difference between reflection and refraction? What is colour, and how do we see it? 

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Nov 23 2019 to Nov 30 2019

Drawing Out Urban Interfaces — Experimental Reading Group

Technology transforms how people live, as well as their attitudes, instincts, personas, and psyches, all of which comprise human subjectivity. This experimental workshop lead by Simon Rabyniuk will bring together artists, designers, and technologists to read, discuss and explore present-day issues related to technology and the city. 

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Dec 7 2019 to Dec 14 2019

Intro to Robotics

Build a robot friend who can follow you around and navigate your home without bumping into things! Tess Sutherland will introduce you to soldering, circuitry, Arduino programming, and basic robotics ideas – including anthropomorphism and behaviour creation. 

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May 19, 2018

Atari Punk Console

Make your own DIY sound synthesizer! Learn about the 555 chip, practice your soldering and circuit building skills, and make some old school sounds with the Atari Punk Console!

The APC is a simple noisemaker circuit that is famous for its simplicity, elegance, and endless permutations. We’ll provide you with all the components and tools necessary to build this legendary gizmo, and we’ll guide you through the build and help you understand how electronic circuits work. 

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Apr 24 - May 1, 2018

Intro to Arduino for Artists

Dive in to the world of creative coding, circuit construction, sensors and actuators. Whether you are interested in robotics, sound, light art, or just plain old tinkering, these workshops are a great place to develop your artistic ideas. Arduino is an open source microcontroller and programming environment designed for use by artists, designers, and hobbyists. Over two sessions, Tess Sutherland will teach participants how to use this little device as the brain in their interactive creative projects. 

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Apr 10 - 17, 2018

Intro to Electronics for Artists

Learning the basics of electronics is vital for anyone looking to create interactive or new media work. This workshop, geared to artists, is for those new in electronics, or for those who need a refresher. You will learn the basics of electricity starting with Ohm’s Law and work your way up to building simple digital circuits with CMOS chips, transistors and LEDs. You will learn how to interface these circuits with motors, sensors and other devices.  

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Nov 25, 2017

Light, Performance and the Stage: Projection Mapping for Theatre

This course will invite actors to collaborate with workshop participants to design an assigned scene, which will feature projection mapping as both a narrative device and set design technique. The class will be divided into groups of two projection mappers and one or two actors. Each group will be given the script for a 5-10 minute scene from familiar classic and contemporary theatre, and will spend the class negotiating, designing, building and finally showcasing their scene for the class and invited guests by projecting the light-set onto plinths, boxes and movable walls on stage.

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Nov 14 - 21, 2017

Intro to Processing for Artists

Learn the basics of Processing, an indispensable programming tool for artists. Join Tess Sutherland as she teaches the ABC’s of algorithmic drawing and interactive animations. Session 1 will teach the basics of drawing with code. Session 2 will show how to animate code through parameterization, and how to interface the mouse and keyboard with your creations. In both sessions, Tess will show examples of a wide range of artworks made with Processing and identify further resources for students.

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Nov 11, 2017

Projection Mapping for Artists

This workshop is intended for artists interested in working with videos and projections for art installations of any size. We will go over the fundamentals of projection mapping like projector types, lumens and perspective, as well as introducing the group to Isadora (theatre VJ software, node-based) great for composing multiple videos and mapping them to 2D and 3D surfaces. We will also discuss conceptual development, best practices, live-event optimization, and free online resources for footage.

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Nov 7, 2017

Intro to Op Amps and Analog Electronics

In this workshop we'll learn the basics of op amps, (including why they are called "op-amps"!) You'll learn how to deal with their special power supply requirements, learn about some of the more common op-amp circuit configurations, learn about adding gain and offset to signals, and be introduced to using an oscilloscope to visualize analog voltages.

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Oct 21, 2017

From Dust to Deep Learning: an Intro to Generative Poetry

Join digital-poet David Jhave Johnston to trace a few histories of computational poetry, speculate on future poetry, and learn how to produce generative poetry.

The workshop is open to all, no specific skills required. The workshop will allow each to explore at a level appropriate to their experience: poets with no prior experience with coding, coders with no prior experience writing poetry, and everyone in between.

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Oct 17 - 24, 2017

Intro to Electronics for Artists

Learning the basics of electronics is vital for anyone looking to create interactive or new media work. This workshop, geared to artists, is for those new in electronics, or for those who need a refresher. You will learn the basics of electricity starting with Ohm’s Law and work your way up to building simple digital circuits with CMOS chips, transistors and LEDs. You will learn how to interface these circuits with motors, sensors and other devices.  

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